Oral hygiene is tremendously important, obviously. From the moment our baby teeth burst through our baby gums, we learn to floss and brush with consistent regularity to keep that whole mouth cavity fresh and clean. Unfortunately, some of the products we use to keep our jaws in good condition can be potentially harmful especially since we use them everyday, more than once. Fluoride is a controversial substance, sodium lauryl sulfate (the stuff that makes your toothpaste frothy) tears up the sensitive tissue in your mouth, there are sweeteners and additives and abrasives——I mean, have you ever tried to read the back of a standard tube of toothpaste? I would say you’d read some disturbing stuff, but the print is usually too small and those words sound a lot like mad-scientist vernacular.
While researching toothpastes, I found a website called Toothpaste World (check it out; it sucked me in). I learned some pretty neat-o stuff in their “Interesting Facts” section; for instance, before toothpaste as we know it was invented, “people used all kinds of dry, rough things as an abrasive to clean their teeth – things like crushed eggshell, pumice, the burnt hooves of animals.” THE BURNT HOOVES OF ANIMALS. I’m glad our oral care rituals have progressed.
Some hippies like to use Dr. Bronner’s as toothpaste or potions they concocted themselves with coconut oil, chia seeds and whatnot–I’m not sure I’d be able to commit to that, but I’d still like to stop using such scary stuff in my sensitive mouth-hole. If you’re like me, scrubbing your fangs with pastes made from artificial sweeteners and weird cancer chemicals creeps you out just enough to try the natural stuff. I’ve been hunting for the healthier brands and lo and behold, Tom’s of Maine isn’t the only company that makes natural toothpaste.
Here’s a guide to natural toothpastes other than Tom’s of Maine, which you probably already knew about: